Mili responds to messages of support from U.S. Women's Soccer stars
After messages of support from some of soccer's biggest stars, Mili Hernandez and her team delivered a special video message of their own.
Less than a week ago, Mili Hernandez and her team were disqualified from a girls soccer tournament in Springfield, Nebraska. A clerical error on a roster listed Mili as a boy. Mili's family claims organizers focused on Mili's appearance and her short, boyish haircut, refusing to accept an insurance card and medical form as proof that Mili is a girl. Organizers said Mili's appearance had nothing to do with it and other player violations –
– also contributed to the team's disqualification.
Mili's story first caught the attention of soccer legend Mia Hamm. On Monday, Hamm posted a tweet of support and invited Mili to her soccer academy. WOWT 6 News has learned Mili is now registered for the academy and will attend a July session in Wisconsin.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist
posted a video message for Mili on Instagram. She said: "Hey, Mili Hernandez!"
Wambach saw the WOWT 6 News story about Mili. In her Instagram video, Wambach told Mili: "You don't look like a boy. You look like a girl with short hair - and that's okay... You can do anything you want to do and you can be anything you want to be. And guess what? You can look like whatever you want to look like to do it."
On Thursday, some of Mili's team cut their own hair to show support for 8-year-old.
"I cut my hair because it's not fair what they're doing to Mili. Just because she has short hair doesn't mean she's a boy, and I did it because I wanted to support her," said teammate, Rosy.
After the girls chopped off their locks they asked WOWT 6 News to deliver a message to Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach.
"Thank you Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach for supporting me," Mili said in the video. The team as a whole finished the video with a "thank you" said all in unison.